Navalny says Novichok found ‘in and on’ his body Sep 22, 2020 0 735 12345 AFPMoscowRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Monday that Western laboratories had found traces of a Novichok nerve agent in and on his body and demanded that Moscow return his clothes.Navalny, who is recovering in Berlin’s Charite clinic, fell violently ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20. He spent two days in hospital in Russia before being airlifted to Germany.“Two independent laboratories in France and Sweden and the Bundeswehr specialised laboratory confirmed the presence of Novichok in and on my body,” he said in his first blog post since emerging from a coma, referring to a German military lab.He noted that Russia had still not opened an investigation and that Russian talk shows had suggested that Western intelligence officials or his own allies carried out the attack. “I did not expect anything else,” he wrote.He also demanded that Russian authorities return his clothes that were removed before he was flown to Germany -- “totally naked” -- saying they were important evidence.“Taking into account that Novichok was found on my body, and poisoning through physical contact is highly likely, my clothes are a very important piece of evidence,” he wrote. “I demand my clothes be carefully packed in a plastic bag and returned to me.”In a poignant post on Instagram, he published a picture with his wife of 20 years, Yulia, saying he remembered little of his illness but that she had helped his recovery.“Now I definitely know from experience: love heals and brings you back to life,” he said.“Yulia, you have saved me, and let it go down in neurobiology textbooks.”He said she had played him music, sang him songs, and laughed.The opposition figure said last weekend he could walk with a “tremble” and that in his first days he had needed therapy to help him recover his speech.Navalny supporters and European leaders have said that the poisoning using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, points to a state-sanctioned attack.Siberian transport police, which has carried out a basic examination of Navalny’s movements, said Monday it was continuing a pre-investigation probe and had questioned around 200 people. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Trump’s US Supreme Court push ‘abuse of power’: Biden Sep 22, 2020 0 977 Support for Taiwan independence doomed to fail: Beijing Sep 22, 2020 0 497 No EU sanctions on Belarus despite oppn leader plea Sep 22, 2020 0 679 UK govt steps up coronavirus threat level after rise in cases AFP London The UK government on Monday upgraded its coronavirus alert level, as top advisers warned England could see up to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and a surging death toll unless action is taken immediately. .. Trump to name Supreme Court pick at end of week US President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his nominee for the empty Supreme Court seat at the end of this week. “I will announce it either Friday or Saturday and then the work begins, but hopefully it won’t be .. US announces ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran, Venezuela’s Maduro AFP Washington The United States said on Monday it was imposing sanctions on Iran’s defence ministry and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro under a contested UN authority and demanded that Europe follow suit. .. US closes in on 200,000 virus deaths, weeks before election AFP Washington The United States edged close to registering 200,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump stays in office. .. Guterres calls for international cooperation on United Nation’s 75th anniversary (DPA) NEW YORK UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for more international cooperation in the face of global challenges at an event marking the world body’s 75th anniversary. “Today we have a surplus of ..